Secrets of the Ford Mustang
#1
The Ford Mustang is an April baby, debuting at the New York World’s Fair in April 1964. It’s become one of America’s best-loved automotive nameplates. But there are a few things about the legendary Mustang that most people don’t know. Here are five of them:

1. Ford had used the Mustang name before on a car: The Mustang I of 1962 was a mid-engine concept car with a strange little V-4 engine. It shared almost nothing with the car that eventually became famous other than the soon-to-be famous name.

2. Ford couldn't call it the Mustang in Germany: A scooter company of all things held the rights to the name “Mustang” in Germany and Ford declined to purchase the rights for a reputedly paltry $10,000, Thus, the Mustang was known as the Ford T5 in Germany.

3. It was named after a WWII fighter plane, not a wild horse: It is generally believed that the Mustang acquired its name from the wild unbroken North American horse known as a Mustang. In truth, the car was named for the famous air war-winning North American P-51 Mustang, the WWII mount of famed test pilot and ace Chuck Yeager.

4. Toyota copied it: At the 1971 Tokyo Motor Show, more than a few eyebrows were raised when Toyota raised the curtain on its new Celica liftback. Several observers commented that it was essentially a 2/3 scale replica of the 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback.

5. Ford nearly killed it off: In the late 1980s, Ford toyed with the notion of killing off the Mustang in favor of the Mazda-based sporty car the Ford Probe. Mustang fans became incensed at the notion of a Japanese-engineered front wheel-drive car with no V-8 option replacing their beloved Mustang. Fortunately for all of us who worship the 2005 redesign of the Mustang and all of the wonderful variants that it has spawned, it didn’t happen.
Reply
#2
Yep, I knew that.

Well, except for the Toyota Celica bit.
Reply
#3
Yeah and if you remember in about 1978 the Toyota Celica Fastback actually looked very much like the 69/70 Mustangs. I had a neighbor that had one with a rear window louver and the resemblence was amazing. JTS 71 Mach1
Reply


Possibly Related Threads...
Thread Author Replies Views Last Post
  How To Spot a Clone Mustang! Mach 1 Club 9 10,011 01-23-2017, 07:31 PM
Last Post: Mach1FatherFigure
  Buying a classic Mustang/car Mach 1 Club 3 6,788 02-14-2015, 05:24 AM
Last Post: mrmach1
  The Unappreciated Ford Mustang Mach 1 Club 8 8,301 10-04-2013, 04:02 AM
Last Post: BLACK JADE 69
  Choosing the right restoration shop for your Mustang Mach 1 Club 0 2,492 02-17-2012, 04:57 AM
Last Post: Mach 1 Club
  50 Best Vintage Mustang Bolt-Ons Mach 1 Club 0 3,964 01-25-2012, 09:29 AM
Last Post: Mach 1 Club
  Original FORD Window Sticker Mach 1 Club 0 2,905 10-14-2011, 04:03 AM
Last Post: Mach 1 Club
  Mustang Restorations Mach 1 Club 2 3,700 08-17-2011, 10:29 AM
Last Post: Rare Pony
  Track Ford Factory Car/Truck Orders Mach 1 Club 2 4,422 08-06-2011, 08:24 AM
Last Post: Mach 1 Club
  How to sell your Mustang for Top Dollar Mach 1 Club 2 4,500 07-08-2011, 07:06 AM
Last Post: Mach 1 Club
  21 years later were they right? Mustang Best Investments Mach 1 Club 0 2,524 07-04-2011, 09:12 AM
Last Post: Mach 1 Club

Forum Jump:


Users browsing this thread: 1 Guest(s)
[-]
Latest Threads
Bonnet latches
Last Post: JTS71 Mach1
02-13-2019 02:11 PM
» Replies: 2
» Views: 99
Vin Decoder
Last Post: JTS71 Mach1
02-13-2019 07:00 AM
» Replies: 7
» Views: 5286
Vin decoder
Last Post: Oztrailer
02-11-2019 07:56 PM
» Replies: 1
» Views: 157
UK Mach1
Last Post: JTS71 Mach1
02-10-2019 11:37 AM
» Replies: 1
» Views: 143
Ignition Timing
Last Post: JTS71 Mach1
02-10-2019 09:37 AM
» Replies: 23
» Views: 3799
"Jacobra"
Last Post: JTS71 Mach1
02-10-2019 09:18 AM
» Replies: 62
» Views: 14362
New Member
Last Post: Mustangmike
02-07-2019 09:25 PM
» Replies: 8
» Views: 465
hdshadpar
Last Post: JTS71 Mach1
02-06-2019 11:24 PM
» Replies: 2
» Views: 100
Fuse Panel on my ‘69
Last Post: 1969_Mach1
02-06-2019 06:28 PM
» Replies: 3
» Views: 242
66 Fairlane Project
Last Post: Mustangmike
02-03-2019 10:42 PM
» Replies: 542
» Views: 155820
1973 Mach 1 parts
Last Post: Steven Harris
02-03-2019 06:37 AM
» Replies: 5
» Views: 516
Newbie - Just brought this baby home
Last Post: Steven Harris
02-03-2019 06:33 AM
» Replies: 5
» Views: 569
This One's Funny!
Last Post: JTS71 Mach1
02-01-2019 10:08 AM
» Replies: 2
» Views: 359
Dash ignition light?
Last Post: JTS71 Mach1
01-21-2019 10:37 AM
» Replies: 3
» Views: 762
New addition to the stable..
Last Post: Steven Harris
01-16-2019 01:26 PM
» Replies: 5
» Views: 888
Alternator Light Won't go off
Last Post: 1969_Mach1
01-06-2019 05:35 AM
» Replies: 13
» Views: 2136
Merry Christmas 2018
Last Post: Steven Harris
12-30-2018 12:56 PM
» Replies: 10
» Views: 1171
Led lights not all that good.
Last Post: John
12-28-2018 02:12 PM
» Replies: 24
» Views: 9234
"70 Mach 1 Fuel Line Routing
Last Post: 1969_Mach1
12-28-2018 06:07 AM
» Replies: 1
» Views: 588
"70 Mach 1 with TCI torque Tube Rear Sus...
Last Post: 70MACH427
12-28-2018 05:31 AM
» Replies: 0
» Views: 465

>